Thursday, November 28, 2013


Thankful that.....

God has given me a life companion that has only gotten better with time.  Godly woman, lover, buddy, mother to my son, business owner, banker, and friend to all things with wet noses and wagging tails.

And a cyclist.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

    "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:10-12

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quiver adjustments: Sorting the arrows.

Well as winter comes in to Southern California and we prepare for 'Storm Watch 2014', where we get two inches of rain over two days and forget how to drive our cars again, I am looking at shifting a few bikes and parts around.

It is so odd, thinking of when I had just one bike.  Weird.  If I had to choose just one it would be agonizing to come to a decision.  But I still need to change things up a bit and slim things down...sort of.

The Ti Lynskey just is not getting used and is not working out like I expected so that is on the chopping block.  Some lucky buyer will be happy with that.

The Epic Marathon from a few years ago has been sitting around with flat tires and a missing front brake caliper adapter I borrowed for another bike.  Shame, that, as it has some carbon wheels and XX parts on it.  I always loved that bike and I think I need to rekindle that flame.

The carbon Stumpy SS is good to go.  Nothing has shown up to topple that from the single speed throne.

The Camber and FSR are getting a bit long in the tooth and with the progression in 29ers, I think I could marry the best of both of them into one bike with 130mm of travel and a carbon frame.  The search may be on for that set up for 2014.

The Karate Monkey frame may get a reason to get off the garage hook and be back in action as a bikepacking set up.  We shall see.  Darn versatile frame that KM, but I would never use it as a regular XC/trail ride again.

There are a few more frames and parts that need to see ebay listings, but there is room for another bike that is something quite different from anything else in the garage.  It is a bike I thought I would never own yet I am drawn toward the notion regardless.  Moths to a bright blue frame, so to speak.  We shall see.

Meanwhile, I am getting out the heavy winter clothing to get ready for winter.  You know...sweatshirts and long pants.  Southern California will kill ya' if you are not prepared.

This guy is all about the quiver.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Everlasting Gobstopper award: Jandd seat bag.

I have no idea how old this seat bag is, but it has outlived so many bikes I cannot recall them all.  In a world where we increasingly accept disposable goods and technology...consider ink jet printers, for example...things that are made well, do what they are supposed to do, and last a long time are a marvel, really.  The other day one of the zipper pulls fell off.  A bit of parachute cord will fix it right up.  Other than that, nada.  Good as new except for the fine patina it proudly wears.  

Jandd, thanks for all the memories on bikes and rides where your bag safely kept all my stuff intact.  To you I offer the Everlasting Gobstopper award.